Nutrition is a huge component in training for an expedition. I'm really good at eating. The wrong stuff. Training heavily for big trips in the Himalaya has taught me to think about food as fuel, because training is only part of the equation ... without good nutrition, my body won't realize the full benefit of working out. So today I met with Jess Mullen at #fitfirst to put together a nutrition plan. She stressed three things:
1) Unless I'm prepping for a lengthy or intense training session in the morning, don't eat sugar or carbs for breakfast. Instead eat protein and fat. This will encourage my body to use fat as the source of fuel during less-intense morning workouts.
2) Visualize my plate at each meal, only 1/4 of it should be sugars and carbs. The rest should be protein and fat. Good fat.
3) For snacks - my downfall - balance fat and protein. For example, eat a slice of avocado wrapped in high-quality deli meat.
It feels good to have a plan that will help me to make the most of training and to be in the best shape possible when I head to Pakistan in June!